The letters AAS do not stand for anything: they should be pronounced as a word. There is a core group of artists, but they are not AAS. One becomes part of AAS during a project. AAS is a self-producing artwork, creating itself through performance fictions and collective consciousness. These recordings span an indeterminate spacetime.
The release comes with five different front covers, all included in the download pack.
Drone Glitch Dérive
Produced for GLI.TC/H, Birmingham. Curated by Antonio Roberts November 2011.
Process: AAS conducted a dérive for the duration of an audio recording made earlier thet week in the studio. Each person had the audio playing into their headphones so they were partially cut off from each other, and the audio affected the drifting experience. The entire drift was recorded on video and combined with the audio onto VHS. The VHS was unspooled several days later and kicked around at the start location of the dérive. The tape was respooled and captured onto the computer.
The Nomads (Locations 1-4)
Produced for the Summer House programme at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester 2010.
Process: AAS marked out a grid of 64 squares on a map of central Manchester. On each of the two days an I-Ching reading was taken to dictate the start and finish squares of the dérive, within which the group drifted. Audio field recordings were combined with recordings of the I-Ching readings and texts divined from the day’s papers and a voice recording made from listening back to sections of the days’ audio. These were combined in sequencing software to produce a layered audio for each location.
AAS hiked from Cwm Gwdi camp to the mountain lake Llyn Cwm Llwch, which lies halfway up the slopes of Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, to perform this improvisation barefoot on the grass as a goat was sacrificed on a large stone altar.
The Quatermass Drones 1 & 2
This audio is a live performance played on the installation of The Cult of Quatermass at Xero, Kline & Coma in January and February 2012. The installation was of a 1950s-style science fiction control room made from plywood and electronics.
At The Obelisk
AAS transmogrified themselves into a happy clappy cult called The Family in order to travel back to the year 1968 to make this recording in the woods next to the obelisk monument on top of the Lickey hills in Birmingham.
This recording came through a time portal from an incident where AAS will kick about some broken roof tiles in the Digbeth area of Birmingham. The exact time or location of the event is not yet known.
Produced for Happy Hipocrite: Say what you see, at Eastside Projects, curated by An Endless Supply and organised by Bookworks.
Four members of AAS, independently, at a set time, wrote about what they could see where they were for fifteen minutes. These texts were then improvised upon in a live situation incorporating other material from within the venue.
I Think It's Recording Alright, I Can't Stop It Recording
Recorded during an unknown event in The Other Place.